Telenovela

I’ve discovered a new series on Netflix. Jane the Virgin!

So what is a Telenovela? It’s kind of a genre of TV.

A telenovela (/ˌtɛlənˈvɛlə/ or /ˌtɛlənəˈvɛlə/; is a type of limited-run serial drama originally produced in Latin America that has become popular in European, Asian, and other global television networks. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for “novel”.

So it’s kind of like a version of a Spanish over-the-top soap opera. But usually more short run. It’s all type B actors, horrible scenery and the craziest of the crazy dialogue. (I watched a few real ones in this research)

Jane the Virgin uses this genre to poke fun at the genre itself. The premise is a Catholic, old-fashioned girl, raised by her single mom and Abuela. She resigns herself to stay a virgin until married but then gets, accidentally, artificially inseminated while going for a pap smear! There ends up being scandal, intrigue, a mysterious long lost father who happens to be an International star on a telenovela, lots of subtitles because Abuela only speaks Spanish..  Total Telenovela genre. And it has me so captivated!

If you are looking for something new and off the beaten path to watch? I highly recommend Jane the Virgin! I liked it right from the first episode. Charming, funny and definitely a different genre.

 

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